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Commission's Heating & Cooling Strategy needs to do more on buildings 18 February 2016, 18:43 CET
The European Commission unveiled on 16 February the much-awaited Heating & Cooling Strategy in the framework of the Sustainable Energy Security Package. EuroACE welcomes DG ENER’s efforts to gather more data in order to give a comprehensive picture of heating and cooling in the EU, as it represents around 70% of energy consumption in buildings. But EuroACE calls for more concrete action in the buildings sector.

European Commission holds key to the end of EU trade in illegal timber 18 February 2016, 18:27 CET
WWF welcomed the report published by the European Commission today, showing that 2 ½ years after it entered into force, the EU Timber Regulation is still not being implemented and enforced effectively in most EU countries.

Eurogas on EU energy package: Sound on security of supply but missing opportunities in heating 17 February 2016, 16:49 CET
Speaking today on the publication of the European Commission's energy package, Beate Raabe, Secretary General of Eurogas, expressed her support in large part for the market-driven emphasis and overall approach to security of supply in the package but questioned the Commission’s selective approach and disregard for the large benefits linked to gas in heating.

France to benefit on and off the pitch during Euro 2016 12 February 2016, 18:20 CET
Hosting a major international sporting tournament is valued as a huge honour, but it comes with the insurmountable pressure on the winning nature to provide the infrastructure and level of organisation to ensure that everything runs smoothly. France will once again grab the attention of a worldwide audience as they host Euro 2016, eighteen years after they last hosted a major tournament, which they won in front of a partisan crowd at the newly-build Stade de France against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup.

Industry rallies Europe to respond to new EU consultation on market economy status of China 11 February 2016, 22:19 CET
Today, 30 European industries represented by AEGIS Europe called on European unions, businesses and NGOs to respond urgently to the European Commission’s new public consultation into the Market Economy Status (MES) of China.

Serbia - the first EU candidate country to produce a Gender Equality Index 04 February 2016, 17:59 CET
Serbia launched on 2 February the results of its Gender Equality Index making it the first non-EU country to produce an assessment of how equal women and men are in the various fields of society by applying a broad scale of indicators. Compared with the EU Member States Serbia’s overall score places it in 22nd position. With a score of 40.6 points out of 100 Serbia is almost half way towards gender equality. In comparison, the EU average is 52.9.

EuroISPA: Privacy Shield political agreement is a step in the right direction 03 February 2016, 22:36 CET
EuroISPA has been supportive of the efforts of the European Commission, the US Department of Commerce, and the Article 29 Working Group to realise a data transfer mechanism that supports transatlantic trade and maintains consumer trust in the Information Society.

European Patent Office revokes Monsanto patent on melons 20 January 2016, 17:22 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent held by Monsanto on melons (EP1962578) for technical reasons.

WWF: The Mediterranean Sea won't sustain our economy if we don’t turn the tide now 19 January 2016, 12:10 CET
The Mediterranean region is currently facing impressive growth, a real “blue Gold Rush”. Without a long-term vision for sustainable development, the Mediterranean Sea will not be able to sustain our economy and our well-being, says WWF.

European Parliament calling for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to be stopped 17 December 2015, 22:15 CET
In a resolution backed by a large majority of its members, the European Parliament has taken a clear position against granting patents on plants derived from conventional ("essentially biological") breeding.

The human cost of cheap bananas 12 November 2015, 13:02 CET
New report shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers

Why Do Tech Shares Thrive In Q4? 08 October 2015, 20:52 CET

Consumers and industry want tighter EU rules to tackle illegal timber 24 September 2015, 17:31 CET
A survey of consumers across Europe shows high support (85 per cent) for better laws that ensure the legality of wood products on the market.

European Patent Office boosts its business with Patents on Life 26 August 2015, 22:46 CET
A monopoly on specific tomatoes with a higher content of healthy compounds known as flavonols was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) to the Swiss company Syngenta. The patent covers the plants, the seeds and the fruits. Patent EP1515600 describes the crossing of wild tomatoes with domesticated varieties. The plants are not genetically engineered but derived from classical breeding.

Ground-breaking Report on Health and Welfare of EU Horses, Donkeys and Mules 11 June 2015, 15:34 CET
World Horse Welfare and lobbying consortium Eurogroup for Animals are proud to publish 'Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015', the first ever report to investigate the scale of the horse sector in Europe, legislation affecting it and the key health and welfare challenges of the EU's equids.

Evgeny Lebedev 19 May 2015, 23:06 CET
Evgeny Lebedev

Alexander Lebedev 19 May 2015, 22:53 CET
Alexander Lebedev

Ahmad al-Sayed 19 May 2015, 22:51 CET
Ahmad al-Sayed

Spirits sector comments on Parliament Resolution on EU alcohol strategy 30 April 2015, 12:48 CET
spiritsEUROPE noted the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on the Future EU Alcohol Strategy. In particular, the Parliament’s focus on tackling alcohol harm rather than on alcohol consumption per se is correct, and MEPs' emphasis on the contexts and patterns of alcohol consumption are also very welcome.

Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places 28 April 2015, 12:13 CET
Eleven places in the world - 10 of which are in the tropics - will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released today by WWF.

"Fight tax havens, start with the European Investment Bank", argues new report 23 April 2015, 21:40 CET
The European Investment Bank (EIB) was the first Development Financial Institution (DFI) to adopt a tax haven policy in 2009. However, more than five years on EIB money still runs via tax havens. A new report by Counter Balance and Re:Common* ‘Towards a Responsible Taxation Policy for the EIB’ which is launched today calls on the EU’s public bank to grasp the political momentum at EU level to prevent any public money from flowing through tax havens.

Earth Hour - the biggest global movement to save the planet - gets support from top EU politicians 26 March 2015, 20:55 CET
Top ranking political leaders in the European Commission, as well as more than 70 Members of the European Parliament, join millions of people around the world on the occasion of Earth Hour 2015.

UK companies file more European patents in 2014 26 February 2015, 16:12 CET
Patent filings at the European Patent Office (EPO) grew by 3.1% in 2014, hitting a new record high of over 274 000. Companies from the UK filed 6 823 patents at the EPO last year (2013: 6 510): with +4.8% the highest growth rate for the UK since 2011, and well above the 1.2% average increase of the 38 EPO member states.

Major gains for businesses moving to Wales 13 February 2015, 13:11 CET
The devolved government of Wales continues its decidedly pro-business stance, with the benefits for businesses moving to the country as pronounced as ever. A small country reliant on independent funding, Wales has the advantages of a fast, dependable infrastructure and a business-positive outlook shared by both its government and its citizens.

Photo © Yanchenko - Fotolia 22 January 2015, 22:41 CET
Photo © Yanchenko - Fotolia

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